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Speaker O'Brien and D.J. Bettencourt Bring Shame to the New Hampshire House

Wow, what a weekend! On Friday, we learned that New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt would be resigning his postion as state representative and majority leader on June 6. His resignation announcement also stated that he would be taking over as executive director of the newly created New Hampshire Legal...

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Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

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Why should Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) lose his job in next week’s recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett? Here are 11 good reasons:

  1. Scott Walker eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees.
  2. Scott Walker has led Wisconsin to last place in the nation in job creation.
  3. Scott Walker has disenfranchised tens of thousands of young voters, senior citizens and minority voters with voter suppression and voter ID laws.

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T-Mobile USA Worker Tells Deutsche Telekom CEO: ‘Respect Workers’ Rights’

T-Mobile USA Worker Tells Deutsche Telekom CEO: ‘Respect Workers’ Rights’

Blake Poindexter is a former T-Mobile USA worker who had worked in a call center in Frisco, Texas, before the company announced in March it would close that center along with six others. Last week, he urged Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to respect T-Mobile USA workers’ right to join together in a union and stop the company’s harassment of workers.

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In Face of Bankruptcy, TWU Keeps American Flying

In February, AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, announced plans to lay off 13,000 workers as part of its bankruptcy strategy. You can show your support for the American workers today by signing the “I Support American Jobs” pledge at isupportamericanjobs.com.

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Ryder Elected ILO Director-General

ILO Executive Director-Elect Guy Ryder, ITUC photo.

Guy Ryder was elected Monday as the new director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He says his new post is a:

tremendous opportunity, in the middle of this global crisis, to make a difference to the lives of millions of people...to change their lives for the better.

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U.S. Unions Urge Colombia to Protect Workers' Rights--and Lives

The AFL-CIO and several individual unions, including the Machinists, the Steelworkers, Mine Workers and Food and Commercial Workers in recent days met with leadership of the new Colombian Labor Inspectorate and Department of Labor officials, to discuss how the inspectorate is working to promote and protect workers' rights in Colombia—and what it is doing to make sure workers who exercise their rights can do so without putting their lives on the line.

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Nigerian Labor Activist: I Want Government to be Accountable

Nigerian Labor Activist: I Want Government to be Accountable

Sessi Agnes Funmi has the simple goal of awakening the “sleeping giant.” That’s how her Nigerian union has been tagged, she said. And
it’s starting to work.

Funmi is the head of the Lagos State University Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities. The union has about
8,040 members, who are the non-teaching professional university staff. The members include nurses, physicians, administrators and senior housekeepers and security officers.

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New Shop Union App from UFCW

New Shop Union App from UFCW

Looking for the nearest union grocery store? There’s an app for that. The new United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) app lets U.S. and Canadian shoppers find the closet union grocery store. A great tool at home or on the road.

You also can find action updates, the latest working family news, messages from union members, photos, videos and more. It is available at the iPhone app store.

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NLRB's Flynn Resigns

Terence Flynn, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, resigned yesterday evening, effective July 24. He has immediately recused himself from all agency business and has asked that the President withdraw his nomination for Board Member of the NLRB.

The NLRB earlier this year issued a shocking report describing how Flynn funneled confidential information about NLRB activities and deliberations, including attorney-client privileged information, to two former NLRB members who have worked to undermine and discredit the NLRB. One of those former members was Peter Schaumber—who co-chaired the labor policy advisory group for Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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Iron Worker, 9/11 Volunteer Named ‘Hero of Conservation’

Iron Worker, 9/11 Volunteer Named ‘Hero of Conservation’

Laura Bliss Morris from the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) sends us this report.

John Sferazo, a retired Ironworkers Local 361 member and longtime member of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance will be profiled for his extraordinary contributions to conservation in the June 2012 issue of Field & Stream—the world’s leading outdoor magazine.

Since suffering physical and emotional trauma as a Ground Zero volunteer on 9/11, Sferazo has worked to provide free hunting opportunities for first responders and veterans. With the support of 30 organizations, his nonprofit group American Greenlands Restoration Inc. has turned a former 1,000-acre asphalt plant site in Maine back into a thriving forest habitat.

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